¡Felices Fiestas! Happy Holidays!

Give with heart & soul: Support the Zapatista communities!

Dear friends and supporters of the Chiapas Support Committee:

We believe that supporting the Zapatista indigenous communities, who are building autonomy and self-determination in Chiapas, is critical to strengthening and deepening our movements for peace and justice in the U.S. Every year since 1998, when the Chiapas Support Committee (CSC) was formed, we reach out to you who are active in these movements and to community-based organizers working for deep, social justice in our neighborhoods, cities and communities to express solidarity by giving a donation to support the Zapatista communities.

Join us in supporting the Zapatista communities!

Give a generous donation to support the Zapatista autonomous education project for indigenous self-determination. Click here to give securely on-line. Or you can also mail your check or money order to: CSC * P.O. Box 3421 * Oakland, CA 94609

The Perfect Storm: Zapatistas of the World, Unite!

“We, the Zapatistas, see and hear a catastrophe coming, and we mean that in every sense of the term, a perfect storm.”
The Storm, the Sentinel and the Lookout Syndrome, Subcomandante Galeano, April 1, 2015.

The storm is coming to all of us, not just to Mexico, Chiapas or the Zapatistas. The storm stems from the complete domination of the world by international capitalist banking, but also from the loss of legitimacy of “traditional” institutions (political parties, government, judicial system, church, army, police, media, family).

We believe that many people in the U.S. can relate to that.

We see our young people unable to find living wage jobs, while student loans saddle them with a lifetime of debt to the banks. The mortgage meltdown, the cost of housing, real estate speculation, gentrification and displacement, global warming, the GOP control of Congress, the epidemic of police killings of people of color, a racially biased judicial system, the perpetual war and a communications media that doesn’t tell the whole story. Those are some of the issues confronting us. And the Zapatistas think this situation is going to get worse…

The Perfect Response: ¡Organize!

The Zapatistas are not just forecasting doom and gloom.
They’re urging everyone to ORGANIZE!
Hold meetings, talk to each other, share your dreams, your struggles AND organize, they tell us.
Please find our year-end appeal with more details about the Zapatistas and our work at:
http://compamanuel.com/2015/12/18/give-with-heart-soul-support-the-zapatista-communities/

¡Support the Zapatistas!

Like the Zapatistas, we are evolving too. We are revising our on-line work, focusing more on the blog and our Facebook page. We are looking into the possibility of finding a workspace where we can hold meetings, classes and films, while working in solidarity with other movements. We will continue holding educational forums and workshops to better understand and support our own movements for autonomy and justice.

The Chiapas Support Committee continues deepening its commitment to support the autonomous Zapatista Education System in the Caracol of La Garrucha. We believe, like the Zapatistas, that all children should have an anti-capitalist education in which their own history, language and culture are taught. The education coordinators and promoters (teachers), the Good Government Junta and the regional assembly of La Garrucha are planning to build one or more secondary schools, possibly one in each of the four autonomous municipios (counties). Currently, there is no secondary school (middle school) in the region. It’s still in the planning stages. The CSC is waiting to find out how we can support this new effort. We are told it will happen very soon and are starting to raise funds to support that project.

We’re asking you join us in supporting La Garrucha, as well as all other efforts in solidarity with the Zapatistas here and in Chiapas, with a generous contribution.

Your donation will go directly to support the Zapatista communities’ education work. Please click here: www.chiapas-support.org and click on the DONATE button to contribute via Paypal.

Every contribution, big or small, is important!

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for standing with us in solidarity with the Zapatistas and the indigenous-led movements for justice in Mexico. And, we wish all of you a very Happy Holiday Season!

In solidarity with peace & justice,

José Plascencia, Chair
For members of the Chiapas Support Committee
Alicia Bravo
Todd Davies
Francisco Díaz
Carolina Dutton
Arnoldo García
Jose Plascencia
Laura Rivas-Andrade
Blair Talbot
Mary Ann Tenuto-Sánchez

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